A wonderful time is on the way: Tempo di Libri

8 March 2018

Tempo di Libri means stories to immerse yourself in, personalities to point you in the right direction, ideas to think about and a powerful concept of culture bringing fun and enjoyment: from Thursday 8th to Monday 12th March at fieramilanocity. Managed by Andrea Kerbaker and organized by La Fabbrica del Libro (a company consisting of AIE – Associazione Italiana Editori and Fiera Milano, represented respectively by Ricardo Franco Levi and Solly Cohen) the International Publishing Fair opens under the auspices of Milan as a Unesco Creative City for Literature. Visitors are guided along  five thematic paths, one for each day: Women (Thursday 8th March), Rebellion (Friday 9th), Milan (Saturday 10th), Books and images (Sunday 11th) and Digital world (Monday 12th).

Five intense days: 850 appointments with 1,200 guests including Bachtyar Ali, Adriana Asti, Simona Atzori, Silvia Avallone, Pupi Avati, Alain Badiou, Bella Bathurst, Pippo Baudo, Luka Bekavac, Christopher Bollen, Eva Cantarella, Gianrico Carofiglio, Donato Carrisi, Sveva Casati Modignani, Paolo Cognetti, Carlo Cracco, Alessandro D’Avenia, Philippe Daverio, Concita De Gregorio, Roddy Doyle, Yasmine El Rashidi, Nino Frassica, Alan Friedman, Francesco Gabbani, Umberto Galimberti, Alessia Gazzola, Fabio Genovesi, Dori Ghezzi, Peter Gomez, John Grisham, Michelle Hunziker, Helena Janeczek, Lene Kaaberbøl, Antonia Klugmann, Joe Lansdale, La Pina, Serge Latouche, Andrea Marcolongo, Nicolai Lilin, Marco Malvaldi, Dacia Maraini, Eddie Newquist, Gianluigi Nuzzi, Piergiorgio Odifreddi, Antonio Pennacchi, Francesco Piccolo, Massimo Recalcati, Clara Sánchez, Ferdinando Scianna, Gerry Scotti, Michele Serra, Walter Siti, Manfred Spitzer, Élise Thiébaut, Ian Thomson, Nadia Toffa, Roberto Vecchioni, Sofia Viscardi, Bebe Vio, Andrea Vitali, Peter Wadhams, Carmen Yáñez

The events follow the tracks of routes exploring the many different branches of the publishing world: from the realm of food and wine (Tempo di Libri A Tavola) to stories about sport (Bar Sport IBS.IT), from the enchantment of antique books (C’era una volta il libro) to digital marvels (Da Gutenberg a Zuckerberg), not forgetting the MIRC Milan International Rights Center, dedicated to the negotiation and sale of rights, and the programmes for schools and the professional sector. A showcase of 37 spaces, including halls, meeting rooms and workshops (within the 35 thousand square metres of pavilions 3 and 4) hosts innovative “author pathways”, daily news strips, readings and rendezvous  interweaving different languages and disciplines, mingling music, cinema, comic strips, theatre and exhibitions. And so you may be greeted by the music of a specially-composed playlist, join in a literary tombola, vote for the most attractive book cover, attend an English lesson with the entertaining teacher John Peter Sloan, discover more about your zodiac sign following the suggestions of web astrologer Simon & the Stars or listen to the voice of Anna Nogara, broadcast over the loudspeakers, as she reads Leopardi’s L’infinito 200 years after its composition – and literally brings il Tempo di Libri to an end.

All these initiatives are the result of the firm links that the event has forged with leading figures of Milanese, Lombard and Italian culture: including the Gallerie d’ Italia, the Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci, the Fondo Ambiente Italiano, the Piccolo Teatro, the Teatro Franco Parenti, the Teatro Elfo Puccini and the Vittoriale degli Italiani. The Lombardy Region is also present this year with its own stand, where many cultural activities will take place. The City of Milan is participating with an exhibition on the Milanese Library System and a series of initiatives linked to the programme of the Fair. A new feature this year, on the other hand, is the Frankfurt-Milan Fellowship, a close collaboration between AIE and Buchmesse coinciding with Tempo di Libri. During the days leading up to the Fair, a delegation of foreign operators arrived in Milan to deepen their knowledge of Italian publishing by visiting publishing houses, bookshops and libraries. Finally, Tempo di Libri dedicates an ad hoc section to the professional world, with round table meetings and in-depth discussions on key aspects of the publishing industry. The Fair is part of Aldus, the European network of book fairs, coordinated by AIE and co-financed by the European Commission as part of the Creative Europe programme.  Initiatives in collaboration with Aldus include, in addition to the new Fair Fellowship programme, the promotion of the European Union Prize for Literature (EUPL) which has specially dedicated events.

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